According to some Christian outlooks we were made for another world. Perhaps, rather, we were made for this world to recreate, reclaim, redeem, and renew unto God's future aspiration by the power of His Spirit. - R.E. Slater
Our eschatological ethos is to love. To stand with those who are oppressed. To stand against those who are oppressing. It is that simple. Love is our only calling and Christian Hope. - R.E. Slater
Secularization theory has been massively falsified. We don't live in an age of secularity. We live in an age of explosive, pervasive religiosity... an age of religious pluralism. - Peter L. Berger
Exploring the edge of life and faith in a post-everything world. - Todd Littleton
I don't need another reason to believe, your love is all around for me to see. – anon
Thou art our need; and in giving us more of thyself thou givest us all. - Khalil Gibran, Prayer XXIII
Be careful what you pretend to be. You become what you pretend to be. - Kurt Vonnegut
Religious beliefs, far from being primary, are often shaped and adjusted by our social goals. - Jim Forest
People, even more than things, need to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. – anon
Certainly God's love has made fools of us all. - R.E. Slater
An apocalyptic Christian faith doesn't wait for Jesus to come, but for Jesus to become in our midst. - R.E. Slater
Christian belief in God begins with the cross and resurrection of Jesus, not with rational apologetics. - Eberhard Jüngel, Jürgen Moltmann
Our knowledge of God is through the 'I-Thou' encounter, not in finding God at the end of a syllogism or argument. There is a grave danger in any Christian treatment of God as an object. The God of Jesus Christ and Scripture is irreducibly subject and never made as an object, a force, a power, or a principle that can be manipulated. - Emil Brunner
Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh means "I will be that who I have yet to become." - God (Ex 3.14)
Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. - Thomas Merton
The church is God's world-changing social experiment of bringing unlikes and differents to the Eucharist/Communion table to share life with one another as a new kind of family. When this happens we show to the world what love, justice, peace, reconciliation, and life together is designed by God to be. The church is God's show-and-tell for the world to see how God wants us to live as a blended, global, polypluralistic family united with one will, by one Lord, and baptized by one Spirit. – anon
The cross that is planted at the heart of the history of the world cannot be uprooted. - Jacques Ellul
The Unity in whose loving presence the universe unfolds is inside each person as a call to welcome the stranger, protect animals and the earth, respect the dignity of each person, think new thoughts, and help bring about ecological civilizations. - John Cobb & Farhan A. Shah
If you board the wrong train it is of no use running along the corridors of the train in the other direction. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
God's justice is restorative rather than punitive; His discipline is merciful rather than punishing; His power is made perfect in weakness; and His grace is sufficient for all. – anon
Our little [biblical] systems have their day; they have their day and cease to be. They are but broken lights of Thee, and Thou, O God art more than they. - Alfred Lord Tennyson
We can’t control God; God is uncontrollable. God can’t control us; God’s love is uncontrolling! - Thomas Jay Oord
Life in perspective but always in process... as we are relational beings in process to one another so life events are in process in relation to each event... as God is to Self, is to world, is to us... like Father, like sons and daughters, like events... life in process yet always in perspective. - R.E. Slater
Christian humanism is the belief that human freedom, individual conscience, and unencumbered rational inquiry are compatible with the practice of Christianity or even intrinsic in its doctrine. It represents a philosophical union of Christian faith and classical humanist principles. - Scott Postma
It is never wise to have a self-appointed religious institution determine a nation's moral code. The opportunities for moral compromise and failure are high; the moral codes and creeds
assuredly racist, discriminatory, or subjectively and religiously defined; and the pronouncement of inhumanitarian political objectives quite predictable. - R.E. Slater

Friday, September 4, 2020

Index - How To Read The Bible


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Bible – How to Read the Bible

How Should We Read the Bible?

Benjamin Corey - 5 Things You're Reading When You're Reading the Bible

Choosing the Author Over the Bible Helps the Church See People


10 Things Your Childhood Pastor Didn’t Tell You (But Should Have)


Is the Bible like a Compost Pile or a Cookbook?

How the Early Christians Read the Bible

Bible - How to Read the Bible

MissioLife: Scripture Reads You

Bible - Discussions 

Bible - Common Questions of God

How God Came to Be

Brian Zahnd - My Problem with the Bible


Andre Rabe - Questions About the Bible In A Postmodern Era, Parts 1-12


How Are We to Read the Bible? As a Divine Product or Human? Part 2 of 2


How Are We to Read the Bible? As a Divine Product or Human? Part 1 of 2

How Do You Read the Bible? Incarnationally, Inspirationally, Inerrantly, or Inexpertly?


How Narrow or Broad is Your View of Jesus and Scripture?


Bible - Canon of the Bible

Do We Have an Open Bible or a Closed Bible? Or, What Makes an Open Bible Closed?

A Review of the Historic v. Canonical v. Creedal Jesus of the Church

Book Review: The Reception of Jesus in the First Three Centuries

Bible - Interpreting the OT

How to Read the Bible & It's Violence (eg, "Reading the Heart of Jesus")


Greg Boyd - The Crucifixion of the Warrior God (to Biblical Violence)

Confronting Christians with a God of Love or a God of Violence


How Might We Interpret the OT for Today?

A Christian Message to the Violent Reading of the Bible


Book Review by Peter Enns - "Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither"


How to Read The Old Testament in Light of the New Testament


How to Read the Bible like the young Psalmist (Psalm 119)


Book Review: Genesis for Normal People


Bible - The New Hermenuetic of Love

How to Read the Bible - A New Hermeneutic, Part 7

How to Read the Bible - A New Hermeneutic, Part 6

How to Read the Bible - A New Hermeneutic, Part 5

How To Read the Bible - A New Hermeneutic, Part 4

How To Read the Bible - A New Hermeneutic, Part 3

How To Read the Bible - A New Hermeneutic, Part 2

How To Read the Bible - A New Hermeneutic, Part 1

How To Read The Bible - A New Hermeneutic, Parts 1-6

How Catholics Read the Bible, Part 1 - What is Revelation?

How Catholics Read the Bible, Part 2 - Are There Mistakes in the Bible?

How Catholics Read the Bible, Part 3 - Biblical Inerrancy for Catholics

Bible - Questions of Faith

Listening & Understanding - "Why I Don't Follow God Anymore", Part 2

Listening & Understanding - "Why I Don't Follow God Anymore", Part I

Bible - Reading the Bible Critically

Confessions of an Ex-Apologist: "In Defense of Why I Left My Calling"

Biblical Authority & Incarnation vs. Analytic Theology

5 Approaches to Biblical Theology (Barr, Carson, Wright, Childs, Watson)

Accepting the Complexity and Ambiguity Inherent in Scripture, Part 2

Accepting the Complexity and Ambiguity Inherent in Scripture, Part 1

Bible - The Importance of Biblical Hermeneutics/Interpretation

Book Review: Merold Westphal's Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church

Christian Smith: The Bible as Sacrament

Review: Christian Smith - The Bible Made Impossible, Part 9

Review: Christian Smith - The Bible Made Impossible, Part 8

Review: Christian Smith - The Bible Made Impossible, Parts 6 and 7

Review: Christian Smith - The Bible Made Impossible, Parts 4 and 5

Review: Christian Smith - The Bible Made Impossible, Part 3

Review: Christian Smith - The Bible Made Impossible, Parts 1 and 2

Christian Smith - Introduction: The Bible Made Impossible

Bible - Historical Criticism

Biblical History is Actually Biblical Story Telling in the Bible

Biblical Interpretation - History v. Theology

Bible - Literary Types

Book Review: The Lost World of Scripture, by Walton and Sandy, Parts 1-3

"Is the Bible True" or "Is The Bible a Collection of Myths?"

Can God speak through myth?

Bible - Reading the Bible Theologically

I. Howared Marshall - Father of Open Theism

Bible - Textual Criticism

First Impressions of the NIV Cultural Background Study Bible

Difficulties in Translating the Bible: ESV Video Session

An April Fool's Joke - Archaeologists Find Q


Archaeology and the Bible: Sorting through Fact from Fiction


Bible - The Bible v. The Church

Deconstructing "Evangelicalsim"

How Orthodox Beliefs and Modern Biblical Scholarship Might Reconcile

Bible - The Bible, Culture & Politics

God's Word Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow

Fictitious Evangelical Arguments Against Evolution That Aren't Helpful

Desperately Seeking Biblical Relevancy (DSBR)

David Congdon - No, The American Church is Not in Exile

Bible - Women of the Bible

Imaginatively Re-Inventing the Stories of Women in the Bible

My JEDP Observations of Biblical Cultural Preservation

Nazarenes Reject Strict Inerrancy in Favor of Soteriological Inerrancy of the Bible

One Bible, Two Testaments

Participatory Revelation in Process of Transformation (Or, Why Inerrancy Isn't All That)

Paul Tillich, The Protestant Principle, and Interpretive Doubt vs. Religious Authoritarianism

Peter Enns - "Five Views of Inerrancy," Part 2b - Peter Enns Responds

Peter Enns - Historical Criticism and Evangelicalism: An Uneasy Relationship

Peter Enns - "How Jesus Read His Bible," by Michael Hardin (Parts 1-4) + Videos: A Non-Violent Atonement

Peter Enns - How the Bible Actually Works

Peter Enns - Inerrancy, Historical Criticism, and the Slippery Slope

Peter Enns - Interview: "The Bible Tells Me So"

Peter Enns, "Scripture as a Polyphonic Text has not One, but Many Voices"

Peter Enns - The Bible as a "Human Book"

Pete Enns - The Evolution of Adam, Parts 1, 2, 3

Peter Enns: "The Problem of Inerrancy for Evangelicalism"

Pete Enns - Why "Original Author" [Theory] is Overrated

Popular False Claims About Biblical Scholarship & Historical Criticism

Reacting to the Virgin Birth of Mary and the Virgin Conception of Jesus

Rebecca Trotter - A New Fundamentalism

Reconciling Contemporary Christian Ethics with Social Justice in the OT

Refusing a Contemporary form of Paleo-Christianity, Part 2

Refusing a Contemporary form of Paleo-Christianity, Part 1

Rethinking Biblical Stories: "Is Jonah (and the Whale) Satire or History?"

Reviews of Konrad Schmid's "A Literary History of the Old Testament" - How the OT was Compiled

Roger Wolsey - 16 Ways Progressive Christians Interpret the Bible

Should Christians Resist the Pressure to Interpret the Bible Culturally?

Social Group Theory and the Question of "Whom Did Cain Marry?"

Something to Think About - "Could Moses Write Hebrew?"

Taste and Parody collide with Art and Music

Teaching the Bible in Public Schools - A Post-Evangelical Perspective of the Pros and Cons

Text & Culture - The Relevancy of God's Word to Contemporary Culture

The Authentic Rigor of the Bible as a Literary Narrative of the Ages

The Bible and Evolution, Inerrancy, and Other Matters

The Bible as a "Memory-Narrative" or "Mnemo-Narrative"

The Christian Challenge to Philosophy

The Doctrine of Inerrancy's Oblique Terminology and Virtual Meaninglessness

The Emerging Church and the New Perspective

The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say About Human Origins

The Experience of the Absence of God in the Christian Life

The God of Brokenness: Etherlyn Q. Naiah - Asking for "A New Day of Worship" (a Liberian Gospel Song)

The Historical Context of the Gospel of Mark's Ending

The Infallibility and Multi-Vocality of Scripture

The Jewishness of the Messianic Scriptures

The New Testament

The Old Testament

The Politics of the Bible Both Then and Now

The Politics of Jesus' Death Both Then and Now

The Presence of God in an Open Bible

The Problem of Faith and Religion in Christianity

The Role of Experience in Theology, Parts 1 & 2

The Seeming Incorrigible Perspective of Christian "Blik"

The Value of Asking Difficult Questions & Disturbing the Comfortable to Wrestle Afresh

Thinking Biblically - Its Misuses and Abuses

Translation and Theology - Jesus and the Early Church's Reading of the Greek OT Bible (the Septuagint)

Trying to Imagine the Age of the Bible in Our Contemporary Present

Walter Brueggemann, "The Practice of Prophetic Imagination"

Was the gospel told first to the serpent?

What do we mean by the word Literal?

What is Biblical or Historical Criticism? Part 1 of 3

What Is the Bible? A Good Question that Biblical Inerrancy Can't Answer

What is Theology?

What or Whom Do We Choose? The Bible or Jesus?

What To Do About Bad Theology

When Reading the Bible Learn to Discern Biblical Genre

Why Inerrancy Doesn't Matter

Why Women May Speak, Lead, and Teach in the Church

Working Towards a Biblical Interpretation that is both Relevant and Accurate






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